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Full nameMossoró
Official nameThe Municipality of Mossoró
Settlement typeMunicipality
MottoMossoró da gente. Fazendo nossa vida melhorar. (Our Mossoró. Improving our lives.)

StateRio Grande do Norte
MayorMaria de Fátima (Fafá) Rosado Nogueira (DEM)
Total Area814.755 sq mi (2110.2 km2)
Elevation66 ft (20.1 m)
Total Population259886 (2010)
Density (pop.)123.1/km2 (318.9/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneAmerica/Fortaleza (UTC-3)
- Summer (DST)DST Not Observed (UTC-3)
Postal Code59600
ISO 3166 codeBR-RN
HDI (2000)0.735 medium

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Mossoró is the second most populous city in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. It is equidistant (four hours' drive) from Natal (approximately 277 km or 172 miles), the state capital of Rio Grande do Norte, and from Fortaleza (approximately 260 km or 161.5 miles), the capital of the state of Ceará. It is located nearly in the center of the Nordeste region, which has about 53.6 million people (28% of Brazil's population). It is also in the heart of Brazil's salt production area. Situated in the Agreste-Potiguar mesoregion, Mossoró is the country's largest land-based petroleum producer.

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